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Inspiring stories of Young People’s Ministry

Inspiring stories of Young People’s Ministry

5/7/2021

Miriam’s call to serve young people within the church began in Mexico. It was Christmas time, and she and her brother were saddened that they could not be with their mother, who was serving as a pastor in the United States. In response to their sadness, Miriam’s mother told them to find a place to share God’s love during Christmas. Miriam and her brother found an orphanage, where they organized a Christmas dinner for the kids. With the help of their local Methodist Church’s youth, they were able...


Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño featured at Game Changers: NFAAUM & GCORR immigration training for youth & young adults

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño featured at Game Changers: NFAAUM & GCORR immigration training for youth & young adults

4/15/2021

Note from Rev. Dr. Felicisimo Cao, the Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry for the California-Nevada Conference and staff resource for the Task Force on Children’s Ministry, Conference Committee on Young People’s Ministry: In our work of solidarity on immigration, I encourage you all very strongly to attend the VIRTUAL IMMIGRATION TRAINING on April 23-24, 2021 offered by the Immigration Task Force of the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists. ...


Children's Worship for Sunday April 18th

Children's Worship for Sunday April 18th

4/15/2021

This week's theme is Earth Day The scripture is Psalm 24:1. This week Rev. Karen Stoffers-Pugh of Fresno Wesley UMC welcomes and blesses the children; Jim and Jean Strathdee share a special song as lots of animals “Dance To The Spirit”; Lamb-see-do reads the Bible outside; kids get to peek inside Mort’s garden; Mort gets to let his light shine and shine …if you watch to the very end (parents, do not try (allow) this at home!). Click here to access the video. Children's Worship is a free ...


WJIECC CONVERSATION ON DISMANTLING RACISM is now available!

1/14/2021

Racial Justice and De-Colonizing the Church   The Executive Committee on behalf of the full WJIECC designed the first of the series of conversations on dismantling racism. This action is an outcome of the Executive Committee’s conferring with our Leadership Team Chair, Donna Pritchard that the WJIECC is supporting the Western Jurisdiction’s bold ministry in fighting against racism or eradicating racism. The first conversation was held on January 5, 2021 at 6:00-8:00 pm via Zoom. There were 233 ...


CAMPING AND RETREAT FOR SMALL GROUPS, FAMILIES, COHORTS AND CLERGY CIRCUITS

CAMPING AND RETREAT FOR SMALL GROUPS, FAMILIES, COHORTS AND CLERGY CIRCUITS

8/11/2020

The Conference Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries in following the protocols, precautions, preparedness and guidelines prepared by the Office of Disaster Response Ministry of the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church, and resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Camp Association, is offering an alternative consideration for camping and retreat of small groups, families, cohorts and clergy circuits from our congregations and ...


Christmas Institute: Community Panel Social Justice and Faith

Christmas Institute: Community Panel Social Justice and Faith

7/23/2020

Dear CI Community, On July 26th 4:30 - 5:30 PM, Christmas Institute (CI) will be hosting a Community Panel consisting of CI youth, leaders, and pastors. The Community Panel will be conducted through Zoom. The panel’s goal is to illuminate how various CI leaders are involved in their communities and engaging in social justice movements. Discussion will also explore the intersection between faith and social justice. Our hope is to inspire and empower the greater Christmas Institute community to ...


Christmas Institute/Conference Committee Filipino American Ministries - LIFETALKS

Christmas Institute/Conference Committee Filipino American Ministries - LIFETALKS

7/9/2020

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 6:30-8pm. Please join us for our bi-weekly discussion about life and how we are affected by what is going on in the world. Our hope is to create a safe space for us to vent, decompress, and gain support in open conversation and spiritual growth with one another.   This week's topic relates to the theme of our upcoming Christmas Institute Virtual Worship Service: "Finding Peace in An Anxious World" -- a discussion about anxiety in these uncertain times.   Google Document...


Young People's 2nd Virtual Worship

Young People's 2nd Virtual Worship

7/9/2020

We invite you to join us for our second virtual Christmas Institute worship service: Sunday, July 12th from 4PM-5PM via Zoom. The theme for this second virtual worship, "Finding Peace in an Anxious World," is drawn from the 2020 Spiritual Growth Study by staff of the Urban Village Church, uses the book of Proverbs and “The Serenity Prayer'' as a guide to help Christians find their way through anxiety, worry, and fear and move towards God's peace that surpasses all understanding. This book is one...


Campers: Stay Home, Stay Safe, & Help Save Lives

Campers: Stay Home, Stay Safe, & Help Save Lives

4/30/2020

By Fel Cao, California-Nevada Conference Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry   The crisis of the pandemic we're all facing is calling us to be creative in staying connected and staying healthy. While we are very mindful of the people on the front lines that are serving us and risking their lives more so that we remain safe and alive, we try to provide creative ways to resource members and constituents of our faith communities. Did you know that United ...


Christmas Institute 2019: We'll All Be Free

1/13/2020

by Felicisimo Cao | Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People's Ministry "We'll All Be Free," was the theme of the Christmas Institute 2019 held on December 26-30, 2019 at Old Oak Ranch Conference Center in Sonora, California. In attendance was 115 youth, young adults and adult volunteers. The theme was designed to help increase awareness among our young people the call to the ministry of social justice and lead them to live lives as young disciples of Jesus intentional in the advocacy of ...


Asian Camps Focus on Asian Heritages, Social Justice Issues Relevant to Youth: Part 3 of series

9/13/2019

9/12/2019 By JB Brayfindley Communications Assistant   The National Japanese American United Methodist Caucus (NJAUMC) Asian American Summer Camp (AC), in its 45th year history of empowering and inspirational ministry, has developed a reputation amongst its participants as a family-like community, yielding lifelong relationships and faithful servants of God.   Begun in 1974 under the direction of the Reverends Peter Chen and Harry Marakami, Asian Camp has a tradition of creating programs that ...


Shasta Family Camp Provides Transformational Community for All Ages

9/6/2019

By JB Brayfindley Communications Assistant Enthusiasm was high at Shasta Family Camp, held July 20-26 in Mt. Shasta, according to Trust Hilton, camp director for the last five years – this despite the fact that total attendance, at 30+, was lower than in previous years.    “The flow of the program was great – from serious worship moments to being complete goofballs during campfire time!” says Hilton, who grew up attending the camp from the age of 12.    There were new songbooks this year, so ...


Cal-Nev Camps Build Relationships, Ignite Personal and Social Holiness: Part 2

9/5/2019

Camping engages people from older generations to younger generations. We have members of our connectional family who are investing their lives in camping. Through camping, they have recognized people’s gifts and graces – and their investment of time, energy, and money cannot be underestimated. This year, I was able to go to Shasta Camp for the first time. It is a very good location, designed for tent and RV camping, and has great hiking trails. I will come back next year for sure and will ...


Cal-Nev Camps Build Relationships, Ignite Personal and Social Holiness: Part 1

8/30/2019

By Fel Cao  Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry   I have said several times, “I am a product of camping.” I had my faith conversion experience through youth camping. Camping and retreat led me to become an agent and advocate of justice and peace.   I believe Jesus lived a life of camping as he moved from one town to another with his followers! It is really interesting how Jesus encamped with the disciples and engaged them in prayer – and how, as much as Peter ...


Camp Lodestar: A Week of Peace Focus for Youth

8/30/2019

By JB Brayfindley Communications Assistant   Vertical Play Pen, Leap-of-Faith, and Double-Trouble – all part of the high rope course at Camp Lodestar – were the most popular and challenging activities of the summer for campers. This year 40 campers, grades three through nine, attended the July 14-20 camp. There were also 10 campers in 10th and 11th grades who were Leaders in Training (LIT) and were paired with a counselor to act as a leader and mini counselor for their assigned cabins. (Last ...


Camps Aren’t Only for Summer!

8/30/2019

By Tina Heck  Director of Reservations and Communications   United Camps, Conferences & Retreats (UCCR) Enjoy fall and winter seasons at your United Methodist camping and retreat centers! While Monte Toyon is fairly well booked, there are still some weekend dates available – and Camp Lodestar has plenty of weekends in October and November available for your youth group, Scouts, or crafting, music, quilting, or choir retreat. Or perhaps a family reunion in the beautiful Sierra foothills this ...


Take Courage: A Statement of Support from the Filipino American Young People of California-Nevada Annual Conference

2/27/2019

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can." - John Wesley

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